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Cohabitation in America: An Assessment of Consequences

Paul R. Newcomb
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 41, No. 3, Family Policy (Aug., 1979), pp. 597-603
DOI: 10.2307/351629
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351629
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Abstract

A survey of the empirical research with regard to cohabitation is reported. The major consequences of cohabitation, both pro and con, are identified for five groups: (1) never-married cohabiting couples; (2) children of cohabitants; (3) society; (4) previously-married cohabitating couples; and (5) elderly cohabitants. Current legal trends are also discussed and recommendations for future research are delineated.

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